Grant will improve life for dementia sufferers

A $50,000 grant has been awarded to Alzheimer's Australia, the University of Wollongong, and Kiama council to progress their work in making Kiama a dementia-friendly community.

The grant, awarded as part of the Creating Liveable Communities Competition - an initiative of the state government - will fund a project worker for 12 months to implement strategies to improve community participation for people with dementia and their carers in Kiama.

"Alzheimer's Australia has been working in collaboration with the University of Wollongong and Kiama Municipal Council over the past 12 months with limited funding to make Kiama a dementia-friendly community," Alzheimer's Australia CEO Carol Bennett said.

"Collectively we have established the Local Dementia Alliance, engaged with people living with dementia in Kiama, conducted research, audited the environment and drafted a community action plan.

"This grant is a timely investment in the Kiama dementia-friendly communities project and will provide much-needed funding to further support the implementation of the local dementia-friendly action plan."

Kiama mayor Brian Petschler said they were pleased to secure funds to progress work to create a dementia-friendly community.

"This funding will give us the resources to implement the project and help us to support our ageing population, making the Kiama Local Government Area age friendly."